Scatchard Mtn Switchbacks


Chase & Area
Distance: 3.5 km (one way)
Difficulty: More Difficult
Duration: 1 Hour (one way)
Trail Access / Features
Walk / Hike Mountain Biking

Trail Notes / Current Conditions:


August 10/2021 - The Scatchard Mountain Rocky Road trail is a 1 km trail addition to the switchback trail that climbs above Chase on the East side of Highway 1. Trail access through the highway underpass is currently closed due to construction.  However trailhead parking via Foothills Road remains accessible. 

Thank you to all the volunteers led by Chase trail champion, David Lepsoe, the Village of Chase, Safety Mart, Tree Top Flyers, Recreation Sites and Trails BC, the Shuswap Trail Alliance Trail Crew, and the collaborative efforts of the Village of Chase, Adams Lake Band, Neskonlith Band, and Little Shuswap Lake Band in supporting the planning and approval of this trail. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia for this project through the BC Rural Dividend Program. Watch for further intepretive signage and an updated online map to come.

Trail Description:

The historic trail climbs to viewpoints overlooking Chase, and the Chase Creek Canyon, and further on to the Chase Creek Rd. Watch for Big Horn Sheep across the canyon on the slopes above Chase Creek.

The historic Switchback trail follows the old road from the southeast corner of the Chase Cemetery. (Visit the Chase Museum or Chamber Visitor’s Centre for an interpretive pamphlet written by local historian, David Lepsoe). After 1.1 km hikers are rewarded with views at the first switchback. Another 1.3 km comes to another viewpoint over Little Shuswap Lake and the Village of Chase. A little further along find the side trail to Odin’s Lookout. Be sure to search the opposite hillsides for glimpses of Big Horn Sheep. From here, another 1 km brings you to the Chase- Falkland Rd. A side loop on this section follows the original switch backed road known as Attila’s Lane. Return the way you came. Or for a loop ride, drop down the Chase- Falkland Rd to Hwy 1 and return to Chase.

Additional Information: Chase Chamber Visitor Centre

New! Geo-Referenced PDF Map


Start in the Safety Mart parking lot on the north side of Hwy 1 in Chase. The trail starts by crossing through the pedestrian underpass below the highway. Or alternately, turn south off Hwy 1 at the Argo highway yard opposite the middle entrance to the Village of Chase. Park by the Cemetery, at the trailhead sign.

Access Maps: Google Maps